SEYMOUR MORRIS JR

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SAMUEL J. TILDEN

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"These were the terrible Lions’ Mouths. … these were the throats down which went the anonymous accusation thrust in secretly in the dead of night by an enemy, that doomed many an innocent man to walk the Bridge of Sighs and descend into the dungeon which none entered and hoped to see the sun again."

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DEBUNKING HISTORY

SAMUEL J. TILDEN

October 22, 2010

JOB OBJECTIVE: 19th President of the United States

POLITICAN & CIVIC EXPERIENCE

1874-present GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK
Elected head of the nation largest state as a champion of reform. Fulfilled campaign promise: uncovered frauds, improved government administrative efficiency, and destroyed the Canal Ring. Specific accomplishments:
finalized cases against the Tweed Ring,and secured the imprisonment of Tweed himself
instituted vigorous new laws to punish government corruption
overthrew the Canal Ring, a consortium of businessmen and politicians who had accumulated fortunes through fraudulent bills for repairing the states canals
promoted honesty in public works and economy in expenditure
reduced New York State taxes from $15 million to $8 million
commenced construction of magnificent capitol building in Albany.

1871-1874 ASSEMBLYMAN, New York State Legislature, and CHAIRMAN, New York State Democratic Convention
led assault on the infamous Tweed Ring, a gang of political adventurers who controlled annual disbursements of $30 million, the patronage of over 12,000 people, and the selection of judicial, police and election officials in New York City. By developing detailed evidence tracing misappropriated municipal funds to private bank accounts, succeeded in smashing the Ring.

1868 DELEGATE, New York State Constitutional Convention

1868 CAMPAIGN MANAGER, U.S. Presidential Campaign of Democratic
Candidate Gov. Horatio Seymour
against a well-established incumbent, succeeded in garnering 47% of the vote and denying President Grant his expected landslide.

1866-1874 CHAIRMAN, New York State Democratic Committee
managed Congressional campaigns and raised funds for candidates
in 1869, re-elected with 87% of the delegates votes.

1860 Published pamphlet, The Union, Its Dangers, and How They Can Be
Averted, that attacked Lincoln and the dangers of succession. Pamphlet caused a sensation and was reprinted widely throughout the nation.

1846 DELEGATE, New York State Constitutional Convention
active member of highly successful convention that produced a Constitution for New York State; focused on commerce and drafted legislation for sinking funds to become the primary tool of State finance (as opposed to using the traditional methods such as loan guarantees or sale of state assets).

1845 ASSEMBLYMAN, New York State Legislature
established reputation as a moderate reformer, solved the dispute and allayed potential bloodshed between the tenant farmers and the large landowners of New York State, and provided for the orderly break-up of enormous plots of land.

1844 Persuaded former President Martin Van Buren to accept the partys nomination of his opponent James K. Polk for U.S. President; together with Van Buren, delivered New York State for the Democrats and enabled Polk, the underdog candidate, to win the national election.

LEGAL & BUSINESS EXPERIENCE (1841-1872)

Developed highly successful law practice serving railroads, canals, coal mining companies and other business entities. Won difficult cases through dogged research and thorough preparation based on scientific fact-finding. FIRM NOW THE NATIONS LEADING ADVISOR in railroad reorganization and finance. Clients included over half the railroads between the Hudson and the Mississippi north of the Ohio River. Supplemented legal fees by investing in undervalued railroad stock and organizing mergers & acquisitions; enjoyed strong investment success. Board member of numerous railroad and mining companies. Phased out business activities in 1872 to devote all efforts to the Democratic Party and political reform.

Now known throughout America as ˇ§The Great Reformer.ˇ¨

EDUCATION

New York University
1838-1841 Law School. Received L.L.D. and admitted to the New York Bar
1835-1837 College. Fulfilled course requirements but did not graduate. Spent time primarily involved in national Democratic politics as a pamphleteer; author of several widely-acclaimed treatises on slavery and monetary reform.
Yale University
1834 College. Dropped out after one term, for heath reasons.

PERSONAL

Born February 9, 1814 in New Lebanon, New York, the 5th of 8 children and son of a prominent political activist and close friend/confidante of President Martin Van Buren. Grew up fully conversant in politics and the traditions of the Democratic Party. As a teenager, wrote an article defending President Andrew Jacksonˇ¦s bank veto that was reprinted by the Democratic Party and distributed throughout New York State. As a college and graduate student, helped write party literature for the Democrats. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 1844, 1848, 1864, and 1868. Awarded Honorary Degrees by New York University, 1867, and Yale University, 1865. Favorite hobby: collecting books; have amassed one of the largest private book collections in the United States; active member of the New York Society Library and the Mercantile Library Association. Also member of various menˇ¦s clubs: the Union, the Union League, the Century, the Yacht, the Manhattan, the American Jockey, and the St. Nicholas.
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Seymour Morris, Jr.